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Vulkan, Der

Vulkan, Der

The screen version of Klaus Mann's Mephisto brought Klaus Maria Brandauer international recognition and its director an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Set in the Paris émigré community during the Nazi era, Der Vulkan is the story of two German sisters. One is devastated by her life in exile and the loss of the man she loves. The other draws strength from her situation, and finally sets off for the New World. It is the story of a lost generation of idealists who refuse to bow before an inhuman dictator and prefer a life of hardship instead.


Ottokar Runze was born in Berlin in 1925 and worked as an actor at the Deutsches Theater from 1947-1950. He served as the director of the British Centre's theater in Berlin from 1951-1956 and was then a freelance director on German stages until 1963. He has been an independent film producer since 1968 and began writing and directing feature films and television plays since 1971. His films include: Viola und Sebastian (1971), Der Lord von Barmbeck (1973), Im Namen des Volkes (1974), Das Messer im Ruecken (1975), Verlorenes Leben (1975), Die Standarte (1977), Der Moerder (1979), Stern ohne Himmel (1980), Feine Gesellschaft - Beschraenkte Haftung (1981), Die Hallo-Sisters (1990), Linda (1991), Hundred Years of Brecht (Hundert Jahre Brecht, 1997), and Der Vulkan (1999).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Ottokar Runze
Screenplay Ottokar Runze, Rebecca Hughes, Ursula Gruetzmacher-Tabori
Cinematography Michael Epp
Rebecca Runze
Friedrich Hollaender, Bob Lenox, Hanns Eisler, Dimitri Shostakovich
Cast Meret Becker, Nina Hoss, Christian Nickel
Producer Ottokar Runze
Production Company Ottokar Runze Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF, Lichtblick Filmproduktion/Hamburg, Mact Productions/Paris
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 1999 (in competition)
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Arsenal/Hamburg

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